NEW TREATMENT FOR VARICOSE VEINS
Minimally invasive combined (MIC-) varicose vein therapy - a new combined procedure to treat varicose veins
In vein stripping, which for many decades was considered the only surgical procedure to treat varicose veins, the so-called great saphenous vein, which the varicose veins mostly originate from, is threaded in two steps by means of small wire and pulled out. The lateral branches of the main varicose vein are removed via several small incisions. For this relatively costly surgical intervention, patients have to stay in hospital for some days and expect to be on sick leave for 1-2 weeks. The operation requires several incisions in the skin, results in painful bruising and scars and may lead to unpleasant, long-lasting side effects such as nerve irritation.
If the varicose veins are treated from the inside only (= endovascular procedures such as sclerotherapy, the new sclerosing microfoam therapy and also novel endo-laser techniques), very good medical and cosmetic results are achieved on an outpatient basis and without disturbing scars in the short run. However, these procedures have the disadvantage that they cannot remove the origin of the varicose veins, which means that the varicose veins are bound to reoccur.
A new combined treatment procedure to remove varicose veins, which was first developed in in the Netherlands and has been used there successfully for many years, is now also being offered in Austria. This minimally invasive combined (MIC) varicose vein therapy combines the advantages of surgery and of endovascular treatment. It can be done on an outpatient basis and does not require hospitalization and general anesthesia. Surgery is done with local anesthesia primarily at the point the varicose veins originate from (in the groin or behind the knee). The remaining varicose veins are removed immediately afterwards by special sclerotherapy and in individual cases by means of laser. This combined treatment is popular with many patients as it is easy on the body and results in few complications, but also because during treatment patients can lead a largely normal life. And above all: the long-term results are excellent!
The combined MIC varicose vein therapy is already offered at several vein centers in Austria, and I operate on almost all my patients according to this combined method as I have made excellent experience with this procedure. I collaborate closely with the sclerotherapy expert Dr. Kögler, a very experienced vein specialist, who does the follow-up treatment of my patients treated in this combined manner.
Check-ups carried out (free of charge) in a multi-center study involving many patients have confirmed that this new combined method to treat varicose veins achieved a sustained success rate in a high percentage of patients over many years, with a rate of complications that was negligible due to the gentleness of the procedure.
You can now get detailed information on the basis, prerequisites and the step-by-step procedure of the MIC varicose vein treatment. An assessment of your veins and an ultrasound examination can help determine whether this novel procedure can be performed on you as well.